Book reviews

Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
AAIHS: On Michelle' Wright's Physics of Blackness
As President Obama finishes out his time in office, Michelle Wright allows us to reflect on the question of whether he was or wasn’t the nation’s “first black president.” President Obama, for people like Donald Trump, has been both too black and not black enough.
NBn podcast: Desis Divided by Sangay Mishra
While the number of South Asian Americans living in the U.S. has been growing rapidly over the last several decades, many still ignore their politics. Instead, the model-minority myth leads many to assume the community is a homogenous and largely economically successful group. Mishra dispels this dominant myth with his nuanced account of how the desi community has been shaped by recent political events, especially September 11th, 2001, and has begun to itself shape politics. His book draws attention to the trans-national dimensions of this community and the ways links to home country continue to link those living in the U.S. to political events elsewhere.
Timeline: Freegans dumpster dived for ‘ugly,’ rejected produce
Now Whole Foods is embracing the freegan ethic. With Alex V. Barnard, author of FREEGANS.
PW on The Age of Lovecraft
The scholarship throughout is sharp, current, and often makes use of one of the greatest strengths of Lovecraft study: his abundant published correspondence.
Jason Weems on Prairie Public Radio
How aviation changed the perception of the Midwest through art.
MinnPost: U of M professor captures stories of Somali diaspora
“What I’m basically comparing is the three settlements, three immigration policies and how they shape the migration experience of Somalis,” said Abdi. “In each place, Somalis find certain things that are positive, but also they experience certain challenges that are unique to the context.”
#BGNPodcast Extra with andré carrington
The discussion is centered around the depiction of people of color within the genre and how the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality are represented.
WTIP Radio: The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook and Good Real Food
Interview with Tracy Singleton.
Public Books: How to Write about Videogames
Reviews of How to Talk about Videogames by Ian Bogost and Coin-Operated Americans by Carly Kocurek.
WTIP Radio: 1960s Rock 'n' Roll in Minnesota
Interview with Rick Shefchik, author of Everybody's Heard about the Bird.

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